POPE

  • Pope's iPad fetches $30,500 at auction April 17, 2015

    Montevideo: An iPad that belonged to Argentina-born Pope Francis went under the hammer for $30,500, auctioneers in Uruguay said. Montevideo-based auction house Castells said the winning bid was placed by telephone. Local media threw a spotlight on the iPad last year. The pope gave it - complete with its His Holiness Francis label...
  • Church must be 'oasis of mercy,' not severe fortress, says Pope Francis April 11, 2015

    Vatican City: Pope Francis has proclaimed a special year of efforts by the Catholic Church to be more merciful and less judgmental. At St Peter's Basilica on Saturday, he listened as a Vatican prelate read excerpts from a papal bull, or decree, in which Francis proclaimed an "Extraordinary Jubilee of...
  • Don't ignore killing of Christians: Pope to world April 7, 2015

    Vatican City: Pope Francis on Monday again pressed the international community to do something about the killing of Christians in several parts of the world and not "look the other way." He has been increasingly vocal about the fate of Christians being targeted by Islamic extremists in parts of the Middle...
  • Pope, thousands brave rain for Easter in St Peter's Square April 5, 2015

    Vatican City: In an Easter peace wish, Pope Francis on Sunday praised the framework nuclear agreement with Iran as an opportunity to make the world safer, while expressing deep worry about bloodshed in Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa. Cautious hope ran through Francis' "Urbi et Orbi"...
  • Pope tells Catholics at Easter vigil: Seek truth, beauty and love April 5, 2015

    Rome: Pope Francis led the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Easter on Saturday night, urging them at a vigil Mass to shun indifference and boldly live their faith. Marking the third Easter since his election in 2013, the pope maintained an Easter vigil tradition by baptizing late entries into the...
  • Twin bombings at churches in Pakistan kill 14, wound 78 March 16, 2015

    Lahore: Bombs outside two churches in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed 14 people and wounded nearly 80 during Sunday services, and witnesses said quick action by a security guard prevented many more deaths. A Pakistani Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility. Islamist terrorists in Pakistan have attacked Christians and other religious minorities...
  • Pope Francis condemns the attack on two churches in Pakistan March 15, 2015

    Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the attack on two churches of Lahore in which at least 15 persons were killed and 78 others injured, While addressing in the Vatican City Pope said, "With pain and great sorrow, I learned of the terrorist attacks today against two churches in the city...
  • Pope says feels great pain over Pakistan church attacks March 15, 2015

    Rome: Pope Francis said he felt great pain over bomb attacks outside two churches in Pakistan on Sunday, departing from scripted remarks in his customary address to decry "persecution" of Christians. "These are Christian churches. Christians are persecuted, our brothers spill their blood simply because they are Christians," the pontiff said...
  • Pope Francis' confession: I'm a disaster with machines. I don't know how to work a computer February 6, 2015

    Vatican City: Pope Francis has made a confession of sorts, telling a 16-year-old girl that he doesn't have a clue about how to work a computer. The 78-year-old Francis made the confession on Thursday during a Google Hangout with several disabled kids from around the world. Francis responded to them from...
  • Listen to women more, don't be macho, Pope tells men January 18, 2015

    Manila: Pope Francis said on Sunday men should listen to women's ideas more and not be male chauvinists. The Argentine pope made impromptu remarks during a youth rally at a co-ed Catholic university in the Philippine capital, Manila, after he noted that four of the five people who addressed him on...
  • Pope advocates limits to free speech, Rushdie freedom of speech January 16, 2015

    A debate on Charlie Hebdo terror attack saw new speakers after the Pope said no one should make fun of faith & free speech has its limits while author Salman Rushdie said freedom of speech is absolute. ...
  • 'Dick Poop': The slip of tongue that turned the entire internet into a two-year-old! January 16, 2015

    For Dick Pope, the cinematographer who earned his second Oscar nomination on Thursday for British historical drama "Mr. Turner," one scatological slip of the tongue made him a trending topic. Not that he knows what that is. "Dick Poop," flubbed Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs...
  • Pope gives Sri Lanka first saint before half a million crowd January 14, 2015

    Colombo: Pope Francis gave Sri Lanka its first saint at a waterfront Mass for more half a million people in Colombo on Wednesday, calling 17th century missionary Joseph Vaz a model of reconciliation after the country's recent civil war. The pope, who on Tuesday was tired after starting his trip under...
  • Angelina Jolie meets Pope Francis in Vatican January 9, 2015

    Los Angeles: Actress-filmmaker Angelina Jolie has met Pope Francis during her Vatican City visit to screen her latest directorial venture 'Unbroken'. The 39-year-old star was delighted to be invited to the Vatican by the head of the Catholic church, and to be asked to screen her movie for the Political Academy...
  • Pope in New Year call for peace, teases 'noisy' Mexicans January 1, 2015

    Vatican City: Pope Francis ushered in 2015 in typically unpredictable style on Thursday, launching an appeal for an end to war before light-heartedly teasing the many Mexicans in the crowd at St Peter's Square. Addressing tens of thousands of pilgrims, the Argentinian pontiff marked both the international day of peace and...
  • God is father and his patience is stronger than darkness: Pope Francis December 25, 2014

    "Through the course of history the light that shatters the darkness reveals to us that God is father and that his patience fidelity is stronger than darkness and corruption. This is the message of Christmas night," said Pope Francis. ...
  • On Christmas, Pope urges world to be open to God December 25, 2014

    Vatican City: Pope Francis ushered the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas on Wednesday, urging them to allow God to enter their lives to help combat darkness and corruption. The 78-year-old Argentine pope led a solemn Christmas Eve Mass for thousands of people in St. Peter's Basilica. It is...
  • Islam does not propagate terrorism: Pope Francis December 1, 2014

    Pope Francis has reached out to the Muslim world saying Islam does not propagate terror and Quran is a book of peace. ...
  • Pope prays in Istanbul mosque in new outreach November 30, 2014

    Istanbul: Pope Francis stood on Saturday for two minutes of silent prayer facing east in one of Turkey's most important mosques, a powerful vision of Christian-Muslim understanding at a time when neighboring countries are experiencing violent Islamic assault on Christians and religious minorities. His head bowed, eyes closed and hands clasped...
  • Pope wades into Mideast turmoil with Turkish visit November 28, 2014

    Ankara: Pope Francis is visiting Turkey at a sensitive moment for the Muslim nation, as it cares for 1.6 million refugees and weighs how to deal with the Islamic State group as its fighters grab chunks of Syria and Iraq across Turkey's southern border. Francis is expected to use his opening...
  • Pope condemns Islamic State violence November 28, 2014

    Jerusalem: On the eve of a trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis is urging religious and political leaders to speak out against attacks on Christians by Islamic State extremists. In an interview published on Friday, Francis was quoted as saying that the persecution of Christians today is "the worst" it...
  • Christians elated as Pope confers sainthood on two Catholics from Kerala November 23, 2014

    Two Kerala born Catholics have been declared saints today. Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Saint Euphrasia were conferred sainthood by Pope Francis at the Vatican. ...
  • Live: Father Kuriakose Chavara and Sister Euphrasia have been congregated as saints November 23, 2014

    In a jubilant moment for the Christian community in India, two beatified candidates from Kerala Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia will be conferred sainthood by Pope Francis at Vatican. With their canonisation, as the finale of the long-drawn stage-by-stage process is known in Catholic parlance, the centuries-old Syro...
  • Two Kerala Catholics to be declared saints in Vatican November 22, 2014

    Vatican City: In a jubilant moment for the Christian community in India, two beatified candidates from Kerala, Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia, will be conferred sainthood by Pope Francis at Vatican on Sunday. With their canonisation, as the finale of the long-drawn stage-by-stage process is known in Catholic parlance,...
  • Pope Francis denounces euthanasia as 'sin against god' November 15, 2014

    Vatican City: Pope Francis denounced the right to die movement on Saturday, saying it's a "false sense of compassion" to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact it's a sin against god and creation. Francis made the comments to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors. Earlier this month, the...
  • Pope Francis mulls removing marriage annulment charges November 6, 2014

    Vatican City: Pope Francis on Thursday denounced the hardships Catholics can face when seeking marriage annulments, revealing he once fired an official who tried to charge thousands of dollars for one. Francis told participants at a Vatican course for officials dealing with annulments that as bishop of Buenos Aires, he was...
  • Has the Pope settled the debate between science and religion? October 29, 2014

    The Pope's recent remark about the Big Bang theory not contradicting Christianity was widely appreciated. He said the "Big Bang" theory as a model "does not rule out the intervention of a divine Creator, but rather demands it" and that "the origin of the world is not a product of...
  • Photos: 'The Big Bang theory does not rule out the divine Creator, but demands it': 22 times Pope Francis proved he is a man of the people October 29, 2014

    Pope Francis has been winning hearts ever since he became the absolute sovereign of the Vatican City State. His simple style of living and his views about the gay community have won him a lot of fans.He was once spotted enjoying a meal at a cafeteria in Vatican with other...
  • Elton John at AIDS event: Pope Francis is my hero October 29, 2014

    New York: Elton John has called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church, at his annual AIDS benefit. John hosted the event, "An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation," Tuesday night in New York City. He says Francis...
  • Big Bang theory for real, God is not a magician, says Pope Francis October 29, 2014

    Vatican city: Scientific theories including the "Big Bang" believed to have brought the universe into being 13.7 billion years ago and the idea that life developed through a process of evolution do not conflict with Catholic teaching, Pope Francis said on Tuesday. Addressing a meeting of the Pontificial Academy of Sciences,...